With the advanced surveillance system in place, keeping an eye on criminals entering the railway premises could get easier for the Central Railway (CR) authorities from April.
According to railway sources, in the first phase, the advanced closed circuit television (CCTV) network will be installed at 17 main stations across the state, including CST, Dadar, Kurla, LTT, Thane and Kalyan from the Mumbai division. The system will be capable of detecting any person whose details are fed in it and will send alerts to the control room.
"If the security agencies manage to feed in all the records, it could help catch wanted criminals. The advanced network would also send alerts if objects remain unclaimed for very long," said a senior railway official.
Under the integrated security system, the CR also plans to install 1,466 CCTVs, 8 vehicle scanners, 13 X-ray baggage scanners and 95 doorframe metal detectors. It also plans to procure 463 hand-held metal detectors, 1 electronic vapour detector and 1 explosive detector. Of these, 784 CCTVs, 426 hand-held metal detectors, 85 doorframe metal detectors, 13 X-ray baggage scanners and 8 vehicle scanners are to be installed at the stations from Mumbai division.
"We have awarded the contract for installation of the advanced surveillance system in Mumbai to NALCO. Work on the project is in progress. The entire surveillance system should be ready by March," said VN Malegaokar, chief public relation officer, CR.
The CCTV footage from the railway protection force (RPF) has helped solve 13 major cases including the child kidnapping from CST. The railway CCTV footage was also used in the investigation of the Azad Maidan violence. "Almost daily, we get a request from the GRP or the city police for CCTV footage," said a senior RPF official.